Last updated on: 10/9/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Pew Research Center Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"
Reasoning:

“Overall, 68% of U.S. adults say childhood vaccinations should be required, while 30% say parents should be able to decide. Among all age groups, young adults are more likely to say vaccinating children should be a parental choice. Some 41% of 18- to 29-year-olds say parents should be able to decide whether or not their child gets vaccinated; only 20% of adults 65 or older echo this opinion.”

Monica Anderson, “Young Adults More Likely to Say Vaccinating Kids Should Be Parental Choice,” pewresearch.org, Feb. 2, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to vaccines and healthcare. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to vaccines and healthcare.
Description:

“Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.”

“About Pew Research Center,” pewresearch.org/about (accessed Oct. 2, 2015)

Mission:

“We generate a foundation of facts that enriches the public dialogue and supports sound decision-making.

Our empirical research on a wide range of topics helps U.S. and international policymakers, civic leaders, educators and the public at large understand and address some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Our public opinion surveys allow the voice of the people to be heard, and our
de­mographic, economic and political analyses provide context to understand how the world is changing.

We are nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonadvocacy. Our mission is to inform, not to prescribe. We believe that better information can build a better world.”

“Our Mission,” pewresearch.org/about/our-mission (accessed Oct. 2, 2015)

Other:
Nonprofit 501(c)(3)
Contact Info:
Phone
202-419-4300
Email
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Website
pewresearch.org
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?